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Lepidium meyenii

Family: Brassicaceae (brass-ih-KAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Lepidium (lep-PID-ee-um) (Info)
Species: meyenii (mey-YEN-ee-eye) (Info)

Synonym:Lepidium peruvianum

13 members have or want this plant for trade.

Edible Fruits and Nuts

under 6 in. (15 cm)
6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

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USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade

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Propagation Methods:
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
From seed; direct sow after last frost

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No positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral dianne99 On Apr 22, 2010, dianne99 from Brookville, KS (Zone 5b) wrote:

Native to the high Andes where it is always harsh and little else grows. Sources did not agree as to whether it is annual, biennial or perennial, but most said it matures in 8-10 months. Germinates in 5 days. Underground hypocotyl is nutritious staple. Wikipedia says it is often planted under potatoes to repel pests. Stephen Scott, co-owner of Underwood Gardens/Terroir Seeds, suggested trying this in clay or poor soil in the shade, as it prefers a cool climate. Have not grown this yet.

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